Bordeaux, France, WINE

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Bordeaux is often synonymous with French wine, due in great part to the vast quantity of wine produced here, both red and white. While the quality of the wines runs along the entire spectrum, the top-tier châteaux make some of the most collectible, ageworthy, and famously expensive wines in the world. Five red varietals are permitted to be grown — Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. The red wines are unofficially grouped first according to their origins on either side of the broad Gironde estuary that splits the region.

Châteaux in Medoc on the west side, or "Left Bank", of the estuary grow primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, with the communes of Saint-Julien, Saint-Estephe, Paulliac, and Margaux serving as standard bearers of quality. Further south, the gravelly soils of the aptly-named Graves and its sub-AOC Pessac-Léognan produce stern, structured Cabernet Sauvignon wines. Official quality designation in the Medoc came with the historic 1855 Classification, which grouped estates into one of five "growths" or quality categories. To this day, the five "First Growth" châteaux — Latour, Lafite-Rothschild, Mouton-Rothschild, Margaux, and Haut-Brion from the Graves remain the most famous names in the wine world. The eastern "Right Bank" of the Gironde is classic Merlot country, where the chalky, limestone soils allow the grape to thrive. Cabernet Franc forms the remainder of most wines, with the châteaux of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol representing the finest examples.

White Bordeaux wines are made from either Sauvignon Blanc or Sémillon, or a combination of the two varietals. These are typically full-bodied wines, yet they retain a bracing acidic structure that allows them to age exceptionally well for white wines.

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96 points Robert Parker: ...gorgeously sweet nose of creme de cassis, spring flowers, subtle barbecue smoke and charcoal followed by full body, beautiful intensity, great purity, stature and length... this is an example of modern-styled winemaking at its finest... Give it five or so years of… ...
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Lascombes Margaux 2010  (#333939)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Margaux, Left Bank, Bordeaux, France

96 points Robert Parker: ...gorgeously sweet nose of creme de cassis, spring flowers, subtle barbecue smoke and charcoal followed by full body, beautiful intensity, great purity, stature and length... this is an example of modern-styled winemaking at…

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99 points Robert Parker: ...Inky opaque purple, and presenting a formidable and foreboding nose of camphor, black truffles, graphite, blueberries and blackberries as well as hints of smoked meats and floral nuances. Just about everything seems to be present in this smorgasbord of aromatics delights.… ...
RP 99
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Le Gay Pomerol 2010  (#333937)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Pomerol, Right Bank, Bordeaux, France

99 points Robert Parker: ...Inky opaque purple, and presenting a formidable and foreboding nose of camphor, black truffles, graphite, blueberries and blackberries as well as hints of smoked meats and floral nuances. Just about everything seems to be…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 10 available
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WS 95
94 points James Suckling: A stylish array of chocolate, earth and dark berries leads to a palate that follows in the same vein of flavors with blackberry compote. The finish is cast amid plush, open-knit tannins. Great depth here. Try from 2022. (2/2/18) ...
JS 94
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La Gurgue Margaux 2015  (#334383)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Margaux, Left Bank, Bordeaux, France

94 points James Suckling: A stylish array of chocolate, earth and dark berries leads to a palate that follows in the same vein of flavors with blackberry compote. The finish is cast amid plush, open-knit tannins. Great depth here. Try from 2022. (2/2…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
JS 94
WE 91-93
WS 91
87 points Robert Parker: The 1995 reveals less power and muscle than the 1996, but more elegance and fleshy, weedy, tobacco-tinged red and black currant fruit presented in a soft, supple, alluring, medium-bodied format... An insider's wine, Lanessan often makes wines of classified growth quality… ...
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Lanessan Haut-Medoc 1995  (#330504)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Médoc, Left Bank, Bordeaux, France

87 points Robert Parker: The 1995 reveals less power and muscle than the 1996, but more elegance and fleshy, weedy, tobacco-tinged red and black currant fruit presented in a soft, supple, alluring, medium-bodied format... An insider's wine, Lanessan…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 5 available
Yquem is widely acknowledged as the greatest sweet wine producer on the planet. However, many are unaware they also sometimes produce a dry white called Y (pronounced EE-grec in French). A blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, the grapes come from the same vineyards used in d'Yquem's famous sweet… ...
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d'Yquem Y de Yquem Bordeaux Blanc 2017  (#333143)

Other White Blends from Sauternes/Barsac, Left Bank, Bordeaux, France

Yquem is widely acknowledged as the greatest sweet wine producer on the planet. However, many are unaware they also sometimes produce a dry white called Y (pronounced EE-grec in French). A blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, the grapes come from…

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93 points Wine Enthusiast: This Peyronie family cru bourgeois estate is one of the rare properties in Pauillac that is not a classified growth. That alone makes it a good value. The wine comes from vines close to Pichon Baron in the south of the appellation. This juicy black-currant flavored wine is… ...
WE 93
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AG 92
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Fonbadet Pauillac 2014  (#331161)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Pauillac, Left Bank, Bordeaux, France

93 points Wine Enthusiast: This Peyronie family cru bourgeois estate is one of the rare properties in Pauillac that is not a classified growth. That alone makes it a good value. The wine comes from vines close to Pichon Baron in the south of the…

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WE 93
JS 93
AG 92
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95 points James Suckling: Big plums and blackberries are the dominant component of this rich and chocolatey St.-Emilion. However, the wine also has a serious tannin structure and more than enough acidity on the powerful and long finish to carry all this extravagance. Drink or hold. (1/22/19) ...
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IWR 93
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Bernateau St.-Emilion 2015  (#333910)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from St-Émilion, Right Bank, Bordeaux, France

95 points James Suckling: Big plums and blackberries are the dominant component of this rich and chocolatey St.-Emilion. However, the wine also has a serious tannin structure and more than enough acidity on the powerful and long finish to carry all…

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Sinewy and graceful, minerally with plenty of ravishing botrytis. It is a habit-forming aperitif that marries better with cheeses than most reds. The French are known to admire it with Sunday's roast chicken. With dessert? Yes. As dessert? Yess. Lutte raisonnée. 90 points CellarTracker.com. ...
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Roumieu-Lacoste Sauternes 2015  (#334273)

Dessert Wine from Sauternes/Barsac, Left Bank, Bordeaux, France

Sinewy and graceful, minerally with plenty of ravishing botrytis. It is a habit-forming aperitif that marries better with cheeses than most reds. The French are known to admire it with Sunday's roast chicken. With dessert? Yes. As dessert? Yess.…

375ml Half Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
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99 ponts Jeb Dunnuck: ...92% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc... Sporting a deep, inky color as well as a sensational bouquet of creme de cassis, blackberry, toasted spice, licorice and spring flowers, it’s another huge wine from this estate that has perfect balance between its… ...
JD 99
JS 98
AG 97
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Troplong-Mondot St-Emilion 2015  (#334521)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from St-Émilion, Right Bank, Bordeaux, France

99 ponts Jeb Dunnuck: ...92% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Cabernet Franc... Sporting a deep, inky color as well as a sensational bouquet of creme de cassis, blackberry, toasted spice, licorice and spring flowers, it’s another huge wine from…

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JD 99
JS 98
AG 97
91 points Jeb Dunnuck: Mostly Merlot blended with 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot... It offers a perfumed, gorgeous bouquet of plums, incense, spice and hints of forest floor. Full-bodied, ripe and rounded, with a sexy, opulent style, lots of mid-palate depth, and a great finish, it's… ...
JD 91
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Arbalest Red Bordeaux 2015  (#329567)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Bordeaux, France

91 points Jeb Dunnuck: Mostly Merlot blended with 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot... It offers a perfumed, gorgeous bouquet of plums, incense, spice and hints of forest floor. Full-bodied, ripe and rounded, with a sexy, opulent style, lots…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 11 available
91 points Wine Enthusiast: This is a fine wine, with wood and fruit both rich and concentrated. It has spice, juicy black fruits and ripe tannins. It is developing slowly and surely and will be ready to drink from 2019. (Dec 2016) ...
WE 91
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Lamothe de Haux Cadillac-Cotes de Bordeaux 2014  (#329081)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Right Bank, Bordeaux, France

91 points Wine Enthusiast: This is a fine wine, with wood and fruit both rich and concentrated. It has spice, juicy black fruits and ripe tannins. It is developing slowly and surely and will be ready to drink from 2019. (Dec 2016)

750ml Bottle | In stock, 4 available
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96 points and 'Top 100 Wine of 2012 (#5),' Wine Spectator: This is a bird of a different feather, with an exotic, vibrant aroma of toasted coconut, followed by an almond cream note that gives way to the core of green fig, papaya, Cavaillon melon and honey. There's stunning richness and mouthfeel,… ...
WS 96
WA 96
JS 96
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Guiraud Sauternes 2009  (#332945)

Dessert Wine from Sauternes/Barsac, Left Bank, Bordeaux, France

96 points and 'Top 100 Wine of 2012 (#5),' Wine Spectator: This is a bird of a different feather, with an exotic, vibrant aroma of toasted coconut, followed by an almond cream note that gives way to the core of green fig, papaya, Cavaillon melon and…

375ml Half Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
WS 96
WA 96
JS 96
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